Earl Smith Distributing Company has invested in a LEED certified warehouse and energy efficient lighting
PORT HURON, Mich. – Earl Smith Distributing Company is celebrating Earth Day by renewing its commitment to protecting Michigan’s air, land and Great Lakes.
“We’re proud to do our part to reduce our carbon footprint while serving our customers across Michigan’s Thumb,” said Justin Smith, vice president at Earl Smith Distributing Company. “We pride ourselves on using innovative, cutting-edge technology like a voice picking system to streamline our day-to-day operations and save time, energy and trees.”
The Port Huron-based beer distributor, which serves retailers in St. Clair, Sanilac, Tuscola, and Huron counties, has repurposed its warehouse in recent years to meet LEED standards, installed energy efficient lighting and transitioned to a streamlined voice picking system to fill orders.
The voice picking system utilized by Earl Smith Distributing Company allows warehouse employees tasked with collecting the thousands of cases of beer delivered to retailers each day to do so without a cumbersome clipboard and printed orders. Instead, employees use an iPod or iPad, handheld scanner and earbuds. The system allows employees to operate more efficiently and eliminates the mounds of paper that would be printed off each day under the previous system.
“Focusing on energy efficiency saves businesses money while also protecting our air, land and Great Lakes,” said Smith. “We lead by example through our energy efficiency initiatives and are continually seeking ways to increase efficiencies and reduce energy use.”